Junior Terran diplomat Jame Retief visits a government whose members seem determined to insult their delegation. This'll take some sharp thinking....
Keith Laumer (who spent time as a diplomat himself) is best known for his Retief and Bolo series. He combined humor with a sharp, even acrid view of humans as political creatures. Few stories by him have fallen into the public domain; I am honored to present this one.
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August 31, 2010 Subject:
Keith Laumer was a fascinating individual. As a teenager I corresponded with him around 1970-72. He was a highly imaginative author, but a bit eccentric as well (his rusting outdoor collection of Mercury Cougar autos is a good example). Still, he fired my own young imagination, and gave me some wild suggestions for my budding independent sci-fi filmmaking efforts (like: get an alligator skeleton, put it in a torn-up uniform, coat well with dust and moss, and set it at the controls of a wrecked spaceship set).
My favorite Laumer books are still The Great Time Machine Hoax and The House in November, but in all honesty, I never cared much for his Retief stories.
I do still think of him whenever I see a 1960s Mercury Cougar. And yes, if I ever find an alligator skeleton, I'll film that idea he gave me...with my thanks.
August 30, 2010 Subject:
Very well read
The reader is fun to listen to & the story is a good one
October 23, 2007 Subject:
Mr. Laumer was the most under appreciated SciFi
writers of his time. His adventurous roaming
diplomat was pure entertainment.